As part of All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, the Nehru Cup is being held in August, which shall be Wim Koevermans’ first assignment as the national coach of India.
The AIFF had written to several nations such as Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Costa Rica, Zambia, Nigeria and many more but there wasn’t a positive response from any of the parties.
Kushal Das, the AIFF general secretary, had earlier informed the media of Syria and Jordan’s participation but the latter backtracked and decided to send their U-19 outfit, which was understandably unacceptable to the national administrative body for football.
The mandate for bringing onboard a big name in world football to participate in the Nehru Cup was given to Libero Sports, who managed to convince Cameroon to send their national team with only players plying their trade in the African nation itself given that those playing in Europe would be busy with their club assignments at that time of the year.
Nehru Cup will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium from August 22 with matches set to kick-off from 1900 IST.
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